The Liverpool Bands’ sites on facebook and MySpace are well known on Merseyside for being a great resource for local musicians. We make no apoologies for printing in full a review posted online today from boss man Tony. It really does say it all…
The Faith I Have In My Fellow Man by Liverpool Bands
on Thursday, 05 May 2011 at 04:04
I have been looking forward to the debut album by the Trestles for so long and finally it appeared in the letter box. I’ve described in the past how these guys are aiming for the Big Music – songs that through their exuberance lift your heart and soul. Sure enough the album starts with the big songs A Drink Of Water, Sing On and Maggie’s Farm but then just as I was revelling in the Springsteenish arrangements and singing along my heart sank. Track 8 Everything I Know is one of the slightist tunes you will hear when contrasted with what has gone before but it proves to be late period Picasso or the Lowry of Matchstick men figures. These were artists who could paint beautiful life studies who chose to simplify their art and in so doing make you question all that has gone before. Big claims on my part for a song but I think it unlocks the whole album with one phrase – “You Taught me everything I know – the faith I have in My fellow man.” They cite Springsteen and the Clash as influence’s but those artists created myths in and around their songs to paint the bigger pictures but the Trestles bring it down to the street where the real politics of life takes place. No political dogma just tales of every day people’s experience – in Ghosts of Redundancy ” First it was my best friend and now its my Dad.” The question of the album’s title “What do You See?” with the cover picture of a young lad amid the Poll Tax plackards made me wonder where the idealism of youth has gone. As I get older I realise the benefits I had growing up with the Labour Government of the 60’s – of a free good education denied to my parents who had to leave school at 14 for work. Then later working on Maggie’s Farm with your head down and your gaze away from the bigger changes happening around you – busy avoiding the pitfalls for yourself you find that events have passed you by and now it feels too late to change anything. Music like this is a rallying cry – not man the barricades smash the system but reach out and give a helping hand to your fellow man. And when you reach out and hold his hand you form a bond and that bond becomes a chain and that chain will grow. Fuckwit Cameron knows nothing of the Big Society – for him its all about volunteering to save the bottom line – he knows the Cost Of Everything and the Value of Nothing. The Big Society is helping your neighbour first in small ways, having a Faith In Your Fellow Man but not allowing small setbacks put you off. Its also recognising that there is a bigger picture out there – the people can change things by protesting in a truthful way not allowing legitimate causes be hijacked by people with hidden agendas. These songs highlight we’re all in it together whether we realise it or not. Music at the least should move your feet, it should move your heart and soul and if it moves your head as well you’re lucky The Trestles have done this for me with this album – so Sing On.
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